Born in 1972 in Chiayi, Chen Po-I received his PhD degree in Ocean Engineering at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan.
As a photographer, Chen’s works concern the humanities and social aspects of Taiwan, using his lens to connect himself with the greater context of Taiwanese society. With this, his photographs have the power to express the collective memories of Taiwan.
His photographic works are frequently invited for exhibitions, recently include The Pioneers of Taiwanese Artists, 1971-1980 (The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2014)), Lendemain Chagrin (Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 2016), Kau-Puê, Mutual Companionship in Near Future: 2017 Soulangh International Contemporary Art Festival , (Soulangh Cultural Park, 2017) , Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy, 2018).
At this moment, Chen is actively engaged in the photography education and also works as a curator of Tainan International Foto Festival. Some of his photographic works now become the permanent collection at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), Maison Européenne de la Photographie (France) and are also collected by private collectors.
Chen Po I